Janet Raasch on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
BEYOND CHEESE AND BEER, THERE'S A SMORGABORD OF LOCALLY GROWN FOODSTUFFS
BY KRISTINE HANSEN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN BISHOP
Naturally, the Dairy State is known for putting out quality fromage and craft beer. Fresh produce is also at a premium, with Wisconsin ranking No. 2 in the nation in its number of organic farms (second only to California). But beyond the expected are pantry staples, frozen foods, sweeteners, sauces and more that are produced within 100 miles of Milwaukee. As a bonus you don’t have to hunt these products down during farmers markets seasons only, then spend all winter wishing you’d splurged on more. They are available year-round at select retailers. Good Harvest Market, Outpost Natural Foods, Beans & Barley, Whole Foods Market stock the majority of local products featured here.
[SAUCES] Condiments will often seal the deal on tasty foods. Fortunately you don’t have to pick up the national brands when you shop for groceries. Kallas Honey Farm makes a BBQ sauce and mustard, both good options for dressing up burgers and other grilled meats. Used at Miller Park for Milwaukee Brewers games, Secret Stadium sauce (combining barbecue, sweetened tomatoes and clam-juice flavors) turns a hot dog or brat from good to fabulous. To fold into cooked noodles or pasta, DiSalvo’s marinara sauce, from Stoughton, and home to a restaurant of the same name, is a local option. Crank up the heat on grilled meats with Saz’s barbecue sauces (Sassy, Original and Vidalia Onion), as well as a gluten-free sauce. Saz’s is based on Milwaukee’s West Side. For even more kick, try Man’s Best Friend Hot Sauce, prepared in small batches and by hand in a kitchen on the city’s Northwest Side. Playing off of the dog theme, you can choose from a dozen signature flavors named for dogs, like Dalmatian or French Mastiff. And when you bring out the chips, also bring out a jar of Tomato Mountain salsa, which is produced at a farm in Brooklyn, Wis., with tomatoes grown on the property.
[SWEETENERS] Sometimes toast and bread need a little bit of sugar. For a savory approach, Tomato Mountain Farm’s tomato jam, containing tomatoes grown in Brooklyn, does the job well. Traditional fruit-based jams are made by Madam J’s Sticky Fingers, Milwaukee. Wisconsin is abundant with honey producers and many are just a few miles from Milwaukee. Third-generation honey producer Kallas Honey Farm is based on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side and the honey procured from all over the U.S. East Troy Honey’s honey is an example of all-natural honey, with no additives. Some other local honey producers: Gentle Breeze in Mount Horeb, the honey from Wisconsin family owned dairy farms, and Wisconsin Natural Acres in Chilton, making all-natural honey and a raw-honey spread. Drizzle local maple syrup on top of pancakes or waffles, relying on either Kallas Honey Farm maple syrup, sourced from the North Woods of Wisconsin, or Drewry Farms maple syrup, which is tapped near Plymouth. Wittgreve’s Rolling Meadows Natural Sorghum Syrup, based in Elkhart Lake, has the consistency of molasses and is a throwback to pre-World War II when it was plentiful, especially in the South. To top ice cream, two companies have you covered: 3G Organics hot fudge and caramel sauces (Fontana) and Becky’s Blissful Bakery’s caramel sauce (Pewaukee).
[GRAINS] You could make your own granola. Or you could support local granola makers by purchasing theirs. Kallas Honey Farm, based in Milwaukee and well-known for its bottled honey, takes a detour with its granola, which is fantastic and comes in four varieties, including honey-nut and cranberry. Madison’s Nature’s Bakery Cooperative, which operates as a collective business model, and doesn’t stop with two or three flavors. Expect seven or eight selections, such as peanut butter and cinnamon apple. Celebrated soy producer Simple Soyman in Milwaukee also makes granola, as does a Madison company called Back to Nature. Local bakeries are not the only spot to score delicious breads — you can also choose from Natural Ovens’ in Manitowoc, with a dozen or so varieties of hearty, good-for-you loaves as well as bagels; La Campagne Bakery in Mequon bakes rustic rounds of sourdough, whole wheat and more; Great Harvest Bread locations, as well as Wild Flour Bakery in Bay View, turn out so many varieties it makes your head spin (and is probably better to consult that day’s offerings). Similarly, Cybros The Sprouted Bakehouse in Waukesha offers a local bread option, only it’s not just loaves for sandwiches but hot dog and hamburger buns too. If it’s wraps, burritos or enchiladas you crave, El Rey tortillas are found at El Rey stores and other retailers. Kangaroo Brands, on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side, has made pita pockets since the 1970s, perfect for preparing Mediterranean-style meals.
[COFFEE and TEA] Coffee beans are, of course, not grown anywhere near Milwaukee. (The closest locations would be Hawaii, or areas of Mexico.) However, many local companies roast the beans within a quick bicycle ride from downtown Milwaukee. Stone Creek Coffee Roaster’s roasting facility is across from the Amtrak train station. In Riverwest, inside its Humboldt Boulevard café, Alterra Coffee Roasters roasts its beans, and two Bay View roasters (Anodyne Coffee Roasting and Sven’s Coffee Roasters) help local coffee aficionados get their fix. Out in the ‘burbs, Wauwatosa’s Valentine Coffee Co., Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters in Thiensville and Cedarburg and Coffee Roastery in Cedarburg make just-roasted coffee beans readily available. Further out of the city center, in Madison, Just Coffee Co-Op delivers local orders via bicycle, but does manage to get its beans to Milwaukee by car. And while the tea itself is sourced from Asia, Milwaukee’s Rishi Tea visits with the plantations and estates, handling the production and packaging back here.
[NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES] Culled from a water source in Plymouth, Pristine Artesian Water’s bottled water is just as refreshing as any national brand — and you know it wasn’t shipped in from Fiji or Hawaii, or even the coasts. What’s not to love about colorful fizzy soda? Headquartered in Oak Creek today, but founded in St. Francis in 1920, Black Bear Soda flavors include orange blue raspberry and lime. Another local soda label is from Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, which produces orange soda, root beer, ginger ale and cream soda. Similarly, Lakefront Brewery dips into nonalcoholic drinks with its maple root beer. Need more of a jolt? Limelite drinks sprout from Appleton and contain natural energy boosters: ginseng, niacin, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and gingko biloba. And finally, one of the manufacturers of this year’s “It” drink — Kombucha, a chilled and fermented tea-based beverage — is a company in Madison called NessAlla.
[MEAT] Milwaukee is no stranger to the local-meat movement, with consumers more and more interested in traceability when it comes to their brats, chicken breasts, “snack” meats and beef. Antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken from Wilson Farm Meats, family owned and operated since the 1870s, is bred in Walworth County. A newer company, Bolzano Artisan Meats makes dry-cured salami, chorizo and pancetta with lots of love and care in its Riverwest facility. Brats are a high priority for Milwaukee carnivores and thank goodness there are options, from a boutique producer like Glenn’s Market in Watertown to bigger companies like Klement’s Sausage in Bay View, Usinger’s in downtown Milwaukee and Johnsonville in Sheboygan Falls.
[ FROZEN FOODS ] Who knew that the Milwaukee area is home to so many frozen-pizza brands? There is, of course, Palermo’s in the Menomonee Valley (from thin crust to a thicker “naturally rising” crust), which was born out of Palermo Villa on the East Side, but also lesser-known pizzas like Dino’s Pizza from Racine and Shoe & Sal’s from Beaver Dam. Pizza pies not your thing? Don’t worry. There is another local Italian-carb option. RP’s Pasta Co. ravioli, tortelloni, angel hair, fettucine, linguine and more made fresh and all-natural in a storefront in Madison’s Willy Street neighborhood since 1995, are sold in frozen-food aisles. Options include fresh roasted red pepper linguine and frozen ravioli smoked mozzarella, as well as gluten-free varieties. Vegetarians need not look to national brands for a mock burger. Another Madison company, Nature’s Bakery Co-op, crafts tofu-walnut burgers, Amazing Grain burgers and vegetarian burgers. Milwaukee’s own tofu specialist — The Simple Soyman — offers a tofu burger in addition to blocks of fresh tofu.
[ DAIRY ] It’s no surprise that Wisconsin produces award-winning dairy. One of the newest products in stores is Sunshine Farms goat milk, from Appleton. Red Barn Family Farms in Appleton produces milk sold at select retailers. Or, you can dial up LW Dairy in Ixonia, which offers home-delivery subscriptions of milk sourced from farms in Ashippun. Outside of milk, however, there are plenty of other dairy items to stock in the fridge for baking or farm-fresh breakfasts. Sugar River Dairy yogurts, with cream on top and fruit on the bottom (strawberry, raspberry, peach and blueberry), come from a farm in Albany, Wis. Plain and vanilla are available in 24-ounce sizes, perfect for smoothies or baking. Sassy Cow Creamery, a family owned farmstead milk-bottling business in Sun Prairie that opened in 2008, goes whole hog with its BGH-free yogurt and milk, but doesn’t stop there. Sassy Cow’s ice-cream pints and quarts come in indulgent flavors like Blueberry Cheesecake and Butter Pecan, as well as plain old chocolate and vanilla. Another state-bred frozen treat is right in our back yard: Purple Door ice cream — in offbeat flavors like bacon, salted caramel, green tea and goat-cheese, often relying upon local ingredients such as Anodyne coffee and Penzeys spices — is made in Milwaukee and sold by the pint. For baking or whipping up a soufflé, turn to brown eggs that are antibiotic- and hormone-free from Yuppie Hill Poultry, raised on a farm in Walworth County. Butter is one of those refrigerator necessities, and you can get super-fresh butter from Freis Von Kiel, in Kiel. Packaged in a large block, as opposed to quarters, you’ll have to do the measuring yourself, but the quality is worth it. At least six cheese makers are within 100 miles of Milwaukee: DCI Cheese in Richfield (most known for its Salemville blue cheese and Black River Blue), Beechwood Cheese Co. in Beechwood (cheese curds and delicious flavored cheeses, like Screamin’ Mimi Habanero and Uncle Charlie’s Chicken Soup Cheese), Crave Brothers in Waterloo (mascarpone and fresh mozzarella), Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa (cheddar), Braun Suisse Käse in Beloit (cheddar and Swiss) and Henning’s in Kiel (cheese curds, mozzarella whips, Colby, Monterey Jack and cheddar, even goat cheese).
[SNACKS] Wisconsinites like to snack at tailgates, picnics and holiday gatherings. Local food companies get that, which is why there are so many local munchies. Many are popcorn, but not the typical buttery kernels you might expect. Jane’s Simply Delicious in New Berlin takes a sweeter approach with bagged popped caramel corn. (There is also nonflavored popcorn from Jane’s.) Fireworks Popcorn, based out of Port Washington, sells only the kernels, but in enough flavors (from Autumn Blaze to Wisconsin White Birch) to rival a bubble-gum maker. If you’ve had enough of the salty and want to turn to sweet, try Matt’s Cookies. The Wheeling, Ill.-based manufacturer bakes thick chocolate-chip, oatmeal-raisin, peanut-butter, cranberry-raisin, peanut-butter chocolate chip and chocolate-chip pecan cookies that taste practically homemade. If you can’t get to any of the four El Rey stores, simply pick up a bag of El Rey handmade tortilla chips (plain or seasoned with lemon) at a number of retailers around town. To pair with homemade spreads, look to Back to Nature crackers — saltine, cheddar, classic rounds (like Ritz) and sesame tarragon just scratch the surface of your options — that are made in Madison.
[CANDY/CHOCOLATE] For sweet-tooths there is no shortage of choices when it comes to chocolate bars, caramels, chocolate-covered treats and more. Indulgence Chocolatiers is among the newest kids on the block. From Waukesha, the chocolatier unleashes several signature chocolate bars — with varying cacao percentages — including Coconut Curry, Mayan Spice and Vanilla Bean Malt. If you like a little buzz with your chocolate, there is a duo of chocolate-covered espresso beans (Crackheads and Crackheads2) — the brainchild of John Osmanski, of Milwaukee, who developed Crackheads in 2006 at the age of 30, the others shortly after. In Milwaukee’s city limits are three beloved chocolate makers: Northern Chocolate Co. in Brewers Hill (try the mint meltaways and you’ll feel as if you’ve gone to heaven), Burke Candy in Riverwest (wide variety of chocolates, including truffles and Green Bay Packers-themed chocolates) and Kehr’s Candies inside Milwaukee Public Market (strong focus on seasonal chocolates and around since 1930). Pewaukee’s Becky’s Blissful Bakery takes the cake when it comes to making soft, yet chewy, caramels.
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M’s (Fashionable) Guide to Last-Minute Gift-Giving
By Jordan Dechambre, Jenna Kashou and Meg Delaney on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” book, available at Anthropologie and local bookstores, is the perfect gift for the fashionista on your Christmas list.
It’s the countdown to Christmas! Still haven’t bought a single gift? No sweat. Hit up these spots — some even offering specials for all you procrastinators.
Anthropologie (Third Ward) – There is always something unique here to wear or for the home. It’s boho-chic at its finest. I love the chunky necklaces (around $50), or for the avant-garde fashionista, pick up the new Alexander McQueen biography Savage Beauty ($45).
Faye’s (Brookfield and Mequon) – My pick from Faye’s? Hands down, a pair of Toms shoes (starting at $45). They are one of the only retailers in the area that carries them (shoo, in the Third Ward does, too). The black sequin, gold iridescent and burgundy houndstooth are chic and perfectly holiday appropriate. Members of the text club get 25 percent one item (regular priced or sale).
Five Hearts (Third Ward) – Find great apparel and unique jewelry for women on your list ages 21-61. All items in the store are 20 percent off until Christmas Eve! Pick up a cute clutch for all your holiday party hopping and give one as a useful and fashionable gift.
Laacke & Joys (Downtown) – If we must suffer through the cold, we need the right gear. There is a great selection of winter recreation equipment and clothing to choose from. The Patagonia Better Sweater fleece ($129) is soft and warm. Pair it with some wigwam wool socks ($12) and you’re ready to tackle the snow or just snuggle up in front of the fire. There is also a coupon on the website for 25 percent off your entire purchase.
Lela (Third Ward) – Give the gift of warmth with votivo candles ($28) and cashmere scarves ($36). Nice candles are worth the extra little bit. They last longer and the fragrance lingers. Grab a pair of boot socks with fur at the top ($48) to transform your look from ho-hum to hoppin.’
Lulu Lemon (Third Ward) – Splurge a bit for the athlete on your list. These high-quality duds are both comfy and stylish. My favorite is the reversible Wunder Under crop ($68). Go from yoga to lunch to shopping without having to change! Throw on some boots and a long sweater and you’re set.
A few more suggestions: If you are on Downer Avenue, grab something trendy at Gossip or a gift for the green-advocate at Olive Fine Organic Living. Or, if you happen to be shopping in Wauwatosa, two great boutiques, Salamander and Urban Laundry, always have something unique and special for the distinguished woman on your list. One other great go-to is Boston Store. There is one in every corner of the city (Bayshore, Brookfield, Southridge, Grand Avenue.) The possibilities are endless. Some nice makeup, perfume, PJ’s? Plus, it’s open 7 a.m.-midnight all week! (6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Christmas Eve).
Summer and Shine
Tunic/dress, $278, Sara Campbell, Boutique B’Lou, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and Delafield
Stand out from the ho-hum crowd at your next holiday party in a chic, sparkling frock. Delicately tied around the neck, this tunic offers casual simplicity mixed with luster and gleam. Pair with opaque tights or skinny, ankle-grazing pants — and killer heels — for a show-stopping look.
Corso Como heels, $165, Shoo, Milwaukee
True style is ageless. This season, take a cue from footwear fashions of the past with these well-crafted and intricately detailed Mary Jane’s by Corso Como. These hot-to-trot yet ladylike heels will turn the volume up on any outfit — and make your shoes a favorable conversation piece among your friends. Try with a classic wrap dress or a pencil skirt-and-classic white shirt combo for winning vintage appeal.
By Jenna Kashou on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
The Historic Third Ward Association presents Christmas in the Ward Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in Catalano Square (corner of Broadway and Menomonee Street) to stir up your Christmas spirit.
Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. see live reindeer, witness a Christmas tree lighting, sip hot cocoa and cocktails, hop on a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy live music and entertainment — and there will even be a little surprise visit from you-know-who. He wears a red suit, long white beard … you do know who, don’t you? Bartolotta’s caps off the evening with its signature fireworks spectacular to light up the night.
Be sure to shop and dine Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the midst of all your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to pick up something sparkly for yourself to wear to all those holiday parties this month. A few of our favs? Lela, Five Hearts and shoo (a pair of sparkly TOMS is on the top of the list!)
There will also be Christmas trees for sale both Friday and Saturday, so no need to trek out to the country to adorn your abode.
Click here for more information and for a full schedule of events.
Also, while you are out and about in the Ward, tuck into Moct after 9 p.m. to celebrate the iconic Milwaukee club’s seven-year anniversary party with djs, food, prizes and more!
By Jordan Dechambre, Jenna Kashou, and Meg Delaney on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
It’s the biggest shopping day of the year. Whether you are an aggressive sale seeker or you fear the mall, we have some easy solutions to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses. Here are some of the best deals:
Angelina’s Shoe Boutique 1690 N. Franklin Place: Save an extra 20 percent off a sale item.
BVEN Boutique 1217 E. Brady St.: Buy any eight items and receive a $50 gift card. There are more than 500 items in the boutique priced less than $50.
Gossip 2630 N. Downer Ave. and Shops of East Towne, Mequon: From Nov. 18 to 26, take 20 percent off. There will also be an in-store raffle for a $50 gift certificate.
Fred 522 N. Water St.: Like the big-box stores, Fred is opening at midnight. From midnight to 7 a.m., take 50 percent off everything; take 35 percent off everything from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Luci 532 N. Water St.: Also opening at midnight, take 50 percent off everything until 8 a.m., 40 percent from 8 a.m. to noon and 30 percent until the shop closes at 10 p.m. DJs and cocktails starting at noon will keep the sale going. (NOTE: Mention “M Magazine” and get a FREE sale item with your purchase!)
There are surely more deals, this is just a sampling. Please use the comment feature if you know of any others for our readers to check out!
Buy Local SpotlightHanMade Milwaukee Bandana: Look out for a hot new product on the market: the HanMade Milwaukee souvenir bandanna. Milwaukee graphic designer Hannah Jablonski created the playful artwork that highlights points of interest on Milwaukee’s magnificent lakefront like Summerfest, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. Wear it, frame it, use it as a tablecloth, wrap it around a uniquely-Milwaukee gift ... the possibilities are endless. Get it for $18 at www.thriftiquemilw.com/hanmade-milwaukee-for-thriftiquemilwcom.php or at the upper level of the Milwaukee Public Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Art vs. Craft
In its eighth year, Art vs. Craft is Milwaukee’s largest and most anticipated shopping event for local, handmade goods. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Milwaukee School of Engineering (1047 N. Broadway) with more than 100 vendors from Milwaukee, Chicago and more. The event entrance is on the corner of Highland and Broadway, and admission is $4.
Leave it to our girl on the street, Meg Delaney, to find this holiday must-have. Cinched at the waist, this shimmering top is the perfect holiday party statement. Elegant with a chic twist, party girls everywhere need to see and be seen in this sequined stunner.
Sara Campbell silver sequin top, $344, Boutique B’Lou, Wauwatosa, Shorewood and Delafield
Goodbye Miss Groove
After more than a decade on Brady Street (in a few different store fronts) Miss Groove Intimates is throwing in the towel. It’s just one more reminder to support local businesses this holiday season!
NOTE: Lingerie-loving Milwaukeeans can still sexy-it-up at the posh Allure in Mequon and Brookfield, and cozy Minoan Intimate Apparel in Whitefish Bay.
MAM'S Impressionist Coup
By Tory Folliard with Christine Anderson on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 1:30:00 pm Comments (1)
I spend a lot of time looking at art — a great perk of owning a gallery. Adding to this joy is seeing the occasional extraordinary exhibition. Fortunately for all of us, it is in town at the Milwaukee Art Museum, titled “Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper.”
This stunning show includes 125 drawings, pastels and watercolors by some of the greatest artists in Western art. Viewing the immediacy of the marks on paper lends an intimate air and fresh look at work by legendary artists. This exhibition breaks new ground in demonstrating the importance of works on paper to the Impressionist and Post Impressionist movements in late 19th century France.
Chronologically laid out, with exceptional examples by famous and lesser-known artists, the show illustrates the birth and progression of Impressionism and provides a context to the people and places of the time.
With the simplest of pencil lines and watercolor washes, Eugène Boudin, Monet’s mentor, perfectly captures the interaction of fashionable 1860s bourgeoisie enjoying good weather on the Normandy coast. Jean-Louis Forain’s “The Client” graphically turns the classical theme of “The Judgment of Paris” upside down by depicting prostitutes in feather boas, striped knee socks and high heels parading before an intently scrutinizing man dressed in a suit. Edgar Degas defies conventions with “Woman in a Tub” with a keyhole view of a woman bathing. Custom-mixed pastels in complementary colors and a special fixative made it possible for Degas to build dozens of layers of bold strokes. His influence can be seen in the aggressive mark-making of Mary Cassatt and Federico Zandomeneghi. Moonlight and movement are expressed in Georges-Pierre Seurat’s “Place de la Concorde” through his daring subtraction of color and velvety textures. The show includes innovative works by Van Gogh and Gauguin, artists not shown before at the museum. Hinting of Modernism to come, the exhibition closes with Toulouse-Lautrec’s portraits and Cézanne’s minimalist landscapes.
With museums and collectors reluctant to loan fragile works on paper, this show becomes even more significant. Light level exposure must be minimized, and works on paper — especially pastels — are sensitive to vibrations, making travel difficult and dangerous. Many works in this show have never been on regular display, but housed safely in flat files under conservation conditions. As a result, they look as vibrant today as when created more than 125 years ago.
Four years in the making, this ambitious exhibition was organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in partnership with the Albertina in Vienna. Curators Laurie Winters, director of exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Christopher Lloyd, British art historian, assembled this superb collection of Impressionist works on paper by the art superstars of the time. More than 40 institutions from all over the word lent works to this exhibition. Milwaukee is the only U.S. venue. After Jan. 8, the exhibition travels to the Albertina in Vienna. For information, go to www.mam.org.
Tory Folliard is the owner of Tory Folliard Gallery located in the Historic Third Ward. Established in 1988, the gallery features contemporary art by regional and national artists. Folliard is the co-president of the Milwaukee Art Dealers Association.
Janet Raasch on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)
A sample of the Beeline Home by Bunny Williams that soon will be carried exclusively by Peabody’s.
Kelly Gallion, president, and Emily Winters, designer
“The focus at this market was more about one-of-a-kind-type pieces. Antiques were really big. There is an entire area of Market that’s totally devoted to antiques and one-of-a-kinds.” On Color Trends: “Neutrals with bold, bright accent colors. Purples, greens, yellows and tons of orange.”
The Peabody’s staff reports it picked up a number of unique pieces at Market for its Brown Deer showroom. Peabody’s will also be the exclusive Wisconsin outlet for Beeline Home, which features handcrafted, limited edition pieces, and is part of the Bunny Williams furniture line.
Using nature as art is a great way to integrate organic materials into your decorating, says Thomasville designer Mara Wierschke. These Pheromone pieces are carried at Thomasville.
THOMASVIILLE of Brookfield
Emerging trends of the last few years exploded on the market scene this fall: bright colors, bold patterns, reclaimed and industrial furniture and nature-inspired accessories.
Market finds will be in the Thomasville store around April, Wierschke reports, which include Thomasville’s Reinventions collection and Spellbound collection, which has a Hollywood glamor, “Mad Men” feel, Wierschke says.
“The world is still having a Suzani moment, and why not? It’s bold and meaningful, traditional (actually an ancient pattern) that can feel transitional and modern all at the same time.
“The distinct trend of upholstered headboards is making its way into actual furniture like tables. You can pick your leather for your table. It’s absolutely gorgeous.”
Elaine Haskey, upholstery buyer
STEINHAFELS FURNITURE STORES
“There’s been a shift in our manufacturer’s focus to sofas made in America. Several of them have opened additional factories here in the United States. As unemployment remains high, U.S.-made goods means more jobs in the national and local economies. Our manufacturers realize that the customer is asking for products made here, and are responding. This is providing additional benefits for customers: shorter waiting times for their custom-ordered sofa (weeks instead of months) and a much larger selection of leathers and fabrics from which to choose. Import companies typically do not offer the wide range of upholstery covers that U.S. companies do.
“Another trend is softer, higher quality, more natural leathers for upholstering sofas. In tough economic times, the customer want better products because they know that if they invest in quality, they will not have to replace again and again. This saves time and money in the long run. Genuine leather is far superior to many of the imitations offered today, including bonded leather, which is a vinyl-type product. Incredibly beautiful leathers were seen at the market: wax pull-ups, heavy weights with extra long stitching details and hand-antiqued varieties were everywhere.”
Go Shopping with Meg
By Jordan Dechambre, Jenna Kashou and Meg Delaney on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
Fashion intern Meg Delaney knows what’s in at local boutiques. Check out her latest picks to add a bit of panache to your closet:
WALLET APPEAL: Splash a bit of color into your fall wardrobe with these colorful wallets. Textured with multiple forms of media, these colorful pieces have a silver clasp and multiple compartments inside. A great addition to a black top and pants for a weekend lunch date.
Nabi wallets, $19, Salamander, Wauwatosa
WELL-HEELED: Kick up your heels in these black leather booties by H by Halston. Perfect for a night out on the town, these funky booties perfectly pair with black skinny jeans or a little black dress. A silver zipper running up the center secures the shoe and a platform adds comfort and edge.
H by Halston booties, $38, Lela, Third Ward
TOP SHOP: Beautifully detailed with a silver beaded design, this blouse from Pink Martini is a perfect way to top off your fall look. Navy in color, the silver accents add just the right amount of pop to this piece. Plus, the ends of the sleeves are stitched up to create a delicate and feminine fold.
Pink Martini blouse, Ma Jolie, Bayshore Town Center and Downer Avenue
— Meg Delaney
Jenna’s Retail Roundup
Spoke men’s shop opened this week in Mequon, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Stop by for free beer, a live DJ and whatever fashionable shenanigans might ensue with Jordan Dechambre hanging around.
The boutique will carry contemporary and moderately priced fashions from Levi’s, Big Star, Seven jeans, Ben Sherman, Penguin, Buffalo, Quicksilver and more. Spoke is located in the Shops at East Towne (1515 W. Mequon Road) in Mequon.
Tip: Ladies, looking for a great reason to hang out at a men’s shop? Both male employees of the hot newcomer boutique are Ford models (yes!). Plus, all shoppers can enjoy a free brew while browsing. Eye candy and beer? Owner Kathleen Eisenbrown (who also owns the funky women’s boutique Gossip on Downer and at East Towne), knows how to keep customers coming back for more.
Boutiques on the move
Lulu Lemon made the short trek to the back of its current building (322 N. Water St.). Enter off Buffalo Street and look for the sandwich board that points you to the last door in a row of contemporary spaces. After you’ve found the store and the perfect yoga or running ensemble, sign up for their e-mail list and take advantage of the free yoga classes offered every Saturday morning. You’ll be finding your Zen in no time.
Lulu’s next-door neighbor, Stephanie Horne, is also moving off of Water Street; its third move in the Third Ward since it opened in 2007. The women’s boutique will occupy the former Freckle Face children’s store space at 244 N. Broadway.
Boutique Larrieux, one of Milwaukee’s only plus-sized boutiques, moved from its Milwaukee Street location to the Third Ward (315 N. Broadway) in October. This move positions the store in a more densely populated shopping district in Milwaukee and will also (hopefully) alleviate some of the parking hassles customers complained about.
Are you a member of Faye’s text club? There is really no good reason not to be. Every week or so, Faye sends a fabulous deal right to your beloved mobile phone. These exclusive deals are typically only good for a day or a weekend, but can be anything from 20 percent off new merch to an extra 15 percent off of sale clothing.
To join, text the keyword “Fayes” to phone number 79274. You will receive a welcome message and information on how to opt out at any time.
You’ve probably already heard the news, but H&M opened last week at Southridge Mall. This cheap and chic European retailer is a great place for nabbing basics, trendy accessories and something you never thought you could pull off. The good news, if it so happens that you could not pull it off, you probably didn’t spend a fortune on it, so chalk it up to a lesson learned.
— Jenna Kashou
Hotel Chefs Again Having Their Day
Kyle Cherek on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
BY KYLE CHEREK | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LARSON
It used to be that hotels were a perfectly respectable place for chefs to cut their teeth.
Jacques Pepin in his autobiography talks about one of his first serious jobs in the Old World European model of the kitchen brigade in a Swiss hotel. Thomas Keller on his last book tour told me during his tenure at a San Francisco hotel, he took being moved from dinners to breakfasts as a demotion. That move ended up giving him a formative education from a veteran hotel chef who taught him how to execute perfect egg dishes, among other classic hotel breakfasts.
Over the last 10 to 20 years, among the legions of hotel chefs, there have always been bright spots. But, to put it politely, somewhere between the erosion of the age of elegant travel and the rise of the Schrageresqe boutique hotel concept, the idea of the well-vetted, hotel model chef has perished. Or, as one James Beard winner put it, “That’s where chefs went to die.” Oddly, in a way, the advent of the celebrity chef lent a good hand to bringing these hotel chefs back. Outposts inside of the ever-chic places to lay your head seem to be in vogue nowadays, which is why it was such a find to see a cadre of small plates executed so inventively on The Intercontinental Hotel’s Clear Bar menu by a somewhat unsung hotel chef, David Zakroczymski.
Ordinarily I like to avoid the trend of small plates. This is a common condition among foodies because it is often just less-inspired food done in smaller bites. All in all, the small-plate movement is a bit mean-spirited; I liken it to what my harassing older brothers would do with my bag of potato chips when I was kid: swoop in, smash them up, and then hand them back to me and say, “Look, now there’s more.”
On Zakroczymski’s menu, however, a few small-plate gems stand out, including the Crab Boursin Tater Tots. I cannot take credit for this discovery. My friend Adam ordered them up one night while we were waiting for a lobby fashion show to begin. Chef told us that he came across them as they were cast in the role of a soup garnish. What were the originators of this matchup thinking? Crabs are native to the water, Normandy is on the channel, so let’s get this little culinary darling wet! In … soup? Thank goodness Zakroczymski saved them for drier shores, because the genius twist is in the tot itself. It is reminiscent of the cheap, crispy, fresh-out-of- the-oven Ore-lda flavor profile that hooked so many of us in the first place. But then, like the best movie plots, the one-dimensional appearance unfolds into something much more complex and surprising. Napoleon Dynamite would be proud.
A few other places to park your palette would be the Tatar Tacos: small, yummy, and not really a mess to eat, which is imperative while trying to swirl the olives in your satellite dish-size martini glass and maintain your stylish mien. Order them if only to have the opportunity to say to your cocktail companions, “Who the hell makes a taco shell out of taro root?” From there I would incline toward the Cuban Spring Rolls or the Bacon Wrapped Dates.
I haven’t been to Cuba as some of my State Department-connected friends have, but those same friends say the pulled-pork rolls’ guts are quite good. Twisting that up in a spring roll gives a nice cool snap (literally) to the pork. As for the dates, well, I simply love the Middle East meets Midwestness of the whole thing. After all, if a hotel lobby isn’t about the mélange
of guests from all over the world, then what is?
Kyle Cherek is the host of the Emmy nominated “Wisconsin Foodie,” a regular guest on Fox 6 “Real Milwaukee,” as well as a blogger, and monthly columnist for M Magazine on all things culinary. Follow him on Twitter @kylecherek for updates on food and the scene around town.
Be Inspired by the Rare Chair Affair
By Tara Wilke, McNabb & Risley on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
It’s time for the Rare Chair Affair, one of my favorite fundraisers for the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. It is a truly fun and inspiring event. Gather up family and friends and get ready for a memorable evening tonight.
The live auction is amazing because you will have the opportunity to bid on unique, hand-painted chairs created by breast cancer survivors. This year they have expanded the event by adding additional hand-painted items such as tables, chests and mirrors. There’s even a raffle for a one-of-a-kind piece painted by Milwaukee pop artist Reginald Baylor.
I became familiar with the event in the summer of 2000 when I read an article in the News Graphic featuring Sheryl Williams and her best friend, Patti Mahon, a young breast cancer survivor. In the story they mentioned how they needed more chairs and hoped local interior designers would paint a chair and donate it to the event. I was so inspired by Sheryl and Patti’s story that I impulsively called Sheryl and offered to paint a chair. Once I hung up, the panic set in; I had not painted anything since my college years; could I really do this? Well that’s just what I did and it was so much fun that I painted another chair the following year, and have been donating chairs and product from McNabb & Risley every year since.
My husband, Jim, and I have fond memories of attending the first fundraiser at the Private Gardener hosted by Victoria Vonier in Milwaukee and being fortunate enough to meet both Sheryl and Patti that evening. The night of the event was magical; it was so much fun! Jim and I purchased four children’s chairs that night; we donated two of them to Kathy’s House, a hospital hospitality house for medical patients and their caregivers in Wauwatosa. The other two chairs, painted by Patti, are proudly used in our kitchen by our grandchildren. These two chairs are Jim and my favorite pieces of furniture in our house.
So if you haven’t been to the Rare Chair Affair, it’s time to go, bid on something wonderful and feel great doing so. I also want to say how lucky Wisconsin families are to have an organization like the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.
If you would like to learn more, please visit www.standupandspeakout.org or www.rarechairaffair.org or call (414) 963-2103. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the historic Pritzlaff Building, 325 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, with dancing until midnight.
A Luxe Lela Holiday
BY JORDAN DECHAMBRE AND JENNA KASHOU on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
BY JORDAN DECHAMBRE AND JENNA KASHOU
Be the first to preview items from new collections from local designers Shanel Regier, Lulu’s Petals and Linda Marcus Designs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Lela boutique in the Third Ward. Champagne and treats are promised, and if I know the Lela girls, I am sure they have some other surprises tucked up their fashionable sleeves. To reserve your spot, e-mail email@example.com.
You can also use this private shopping time find the perfect party dress to wear to RunUp to the Runway (Oct. 21, mam.org for tickets), where the Lela girls will have a stylish lounge set up for their guests. RunUp will feature a state-of-the-art runway show, highlighting the designs of “Project Runway” fav Ra’Mon Lawrence (who is bringing his Spring/Summer 2012 collection straight from its premiere at New York Fashion Week), as well as talented local designers Miranda Levy, Mink by Amanda Ergen, Delanie Couture, J. Rath, Linda Marcus Designs, Terry Michael Designs and Violetville Vintage. The premiere fashion event in Milwaukee, which is known for selling out the Milwaukee Art Museum each year, supports scholarships for Mount Mary College fashion design students and the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. Look for event co-chairs M Magazine fashion editor Jordan Dechambre, wedding planner extraordinaire David Caruso and design maven Libby Castro to host the show.
East Town’s A-plus AdditionsThe Shops at East Towne Square in Mequon, home to fashionable mainstays Faye’s, Erik of Norway, Allure Intimate Apparel and more, will add another fierce feather to its cap when it welcomes two new tenants this fall. Blush, the popular beauty boutique in the Third Ward, will open a second location in the mall. The makeup must-shop is the only independent boutique in Wisconsin offering the cult-following Laura Mercier and Smashbox lines. Blush owner Sarah Brucker has partnered with pal Jhousy Leon to open the much-anticipated Northshore location, which will offer lash extensions, brow shaping and more, plus new lines like Kinara Skin Care and Bond NO.9 fragrances. In addition, look for dapper new men’s shop Spoke — from the owner of Gossip (Mequon and Milwaukee)— to move into the shopper’s paradise Nov. 1. The boutique will carry contemporary and moderately priced fashions from Levi’s, Big Star, Seven jeans, Ben Sherman, Penguin, Buffalo, Quicksilver and more.
Style on the MoveProject M Boutique recently moved from its Riverwest spot on Center St. to 1726 E. North Ave. But this isn’t your typical boutique. Everything is priced under $100 and most items are between $20 and $50. Owner Bree Rose and Creative Director Yvonne Lopez represent several different designers at their boutique, similar to Sparrow Collective in Bay View, which gives designers an outlet to sell their handmade items. In addition, the Project M Indie Fashion School opened earlier this year and teaches sewing and design to all levels. For more information on classes, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Zita Bridal Salon is moving to the first floor of George Watts & Son (761 N. Jefferson St.), giving all urban brides a reason to cheer. Zita’s has been a fixture in Whitefish Bay for nearly 60 years, offering high-end women’s wear and bridal gowns. The two new owners of the bridal portion of the boutique, Marina Kuhn of Fox Point and Cynthia Apfelbach of Mequon, intended to stay in the Bay, but are moving downtown for business reasons and plan to open Thanksgiving weekend — with a fashionable bang. Word on the street is wedding guru and RunUp to the Runway co-chair David Caruso is coordinating the much-anticipated opening party.
Kyle Cherek on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
Be a tourist in my hometown. The first time I heard that expression was in New York from my friend Paula, a Midwesterner turned New Yorker. “I am too busy to be tourist in my hometown.” I have heard this opined my whole adult life. Whether in a big or small town, we are too busy with the struggle and trappings of living wherever it is we live.
It’s not an uncommon malady. We move somewhere, or stay somewhere, and then bit by bit, we begin to skip taking advantage of the very reasons we made that “where,” where we wanted to be.
In filming with “Wisconsin Foodie” for the last few years, the request of “where is the best place to dine?” comes my way often enough. As swell of a question as this is, I usually preface the answer to the fact that the bent of the show is one that exists in an opposite universe of the critic. This disclosed, when asked, one’s got to say something. In giving the answer, I am amazed at how many of my even terrifically well vetted foodie friends have no idea of the chef treasures we have within a five-minute drive in and around downtown Milwaukee. When I mention to them that within a quick drive, they could dine in the restaurants of two James Beard Best Chef Winners, and four recent semifinalists, one of whom was named Rising Star(a unique distinction even among the Beards), they get that wistful look in their eyes that a teenager might get upon hearing you’ve just added three hours to his curfew.
First, a word about the method of measurement, the hallowed ground of the James Beard Awards, that qualifying annual certification of accomplishment that has been both reviled and extolled in the press, written and read by those who dig food.
A little background on the awards and James Beard. They happen every May, in celebration of the former chef James Beard’s birthday. They are all at once the Oscars of culinary things in America, except where the Oscars give statues to foreign films they deem exceptional. There is none of that with Beard. That is not too fine a point because it was James Beard, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, who from the 1950s through the 1970s most ardently shaped the palate of the serious American diner and cook. I have said before in print and on film, that Child and Pepin are the Jagger & Richards of American food. I still hold that true. Beard would then metaphorically be the amalgamation of every roots musician and honest American sound that more European ears, or in this case of palates, took in stride as they cooked. For Americans, from the 1950s on, he taught us what American gourmet was, while lauding the merits of French cuisine above all others. Beard’s predilections in the French direction, coupled with the same from Child and Pepin are the single reason why French still is the pre-eminent gourmet cuisine across America. Had Beard been keen on Italian, had Pepin been named Privinzi, and Child’s husband been stationed in Italy after the Allies reclaimed the boot, we would have a lot fewer Olive Gardens, and a lot more Osterias, and that would be a good thing. Beard was the first to have a TV cooking show in 1946, and was on the national culinary map as early as the beginning of that decade. He was born at the beginning of the 20th century, found his way to New York, and after a less than stellar theater career, opened a catering company with a friend and smartly addressed the cocktail party craze and made his name with a cook book called “Hors D’Oeuvres and Canapés.” See what I mean about the French thing? By the end of his life he published 20 books, created a television show and toured the country proselytizing the merits of great cooking and exceptional ingredients.
Beard’s small house in Greenwich Village is home to the foundation that bears his name. The whole award thing began in 1990, and at first was met by the chefing world with a classic French response that goes something like this: “Ehhh.” Add your own insouciant shrug as needed. Since then it has grown into something that makes careers, and blesses or curses food trends with either its nod or its failure to notice. It’s far from perfect. Anthony Bourdain called it “a kind of benevolent shakedown operation,” and to a certain extent he is right. That said, I have eaten in as many winning or nominated restaurants as I could during the past number of years, and to be glib, they far from suck.
So how is it that people who watch food shows, including my own, have no idea of the high caliber of cooking going on in the city they call home? Lack of tourism in their own town I surmise. You should stay hungry for what is close as well as what is out there beyond the comforts of your local ZIP code. Starting from what is closest to my house in Walkers Point, here is the James Beard get list.
First is Crazy Water. Chef Peggy Magister was trained by Wolfgang Puck and has simply one of the best takes on American meets cosmopolitan cuisine you can have without getting on a plane. She was listed as a semifinalist in the Best Chef Midwest category in 2010 and to quote Magister, “Yeah it’s nice, but we don’t cook for that stuff. Good food is good food.” All the more reason to go.
Next would be Hinterland. Chef Dan Van Rite has been ranked as a semifinalist two years in a row for Best Chef Midwest, in 2010 and 2011 respectively. For those of you following the geography of this story that means that in 2010 you could literally walk from one nominee’s restaurant to another’s and have two great meals. Van Rite is one of my favorites simply because he brings a Mountain/West Coast aesthetic to Milwaukee’s chef scene. He cut his teeth as a chef on a private ranch for a financial captain of industry. The long and short of that was that ingredients had to be spot on, cost was not a consideration, his chef skills had to be top tier on call, but he could also go for weeks literally watching the grass grow. Gamey, guts and restrained rustic are what I would call his hallmarks.
From here it just gets silly in a good way. The SURG group behind Umami Moto and the rest of its cadre of restaurants has a thing for hiring good people. The do gloss, glamour and the shiny side of dining better than anyone in this town. In that environment some might forgive them for having passable food fueled by the room of pretty people drinking in each other and their cocktails. (Vegas anyone?) First at the helm was chef Aaron Bickham who trained with Jean Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud and Adam Siegel. Though Bickham has not been nominated himself, he warranted mention because of his unprecedented run with previous Beard winners. Three in a row to be exact. Post Bickham’s departure, SURG and Umami did not miss a beat with current chef Justin Carlisle. Carlisle hails from the Chicago and Madison restaurant circles as of late, and has been a semifinalist three times for the James Beard accoladethat I can count. His reinvention of the Umami Moto menu as well as contributions to the rest of their concepts pulls in all the strengths of a chef who knows how to cook within the season while pressing against an exotic flair that is used only for solid tastes, instead of for show.
It will take you about 12 minutes, if that, to walk from Hinterland to Umami Moto.
From Umami Moto to Sanford, maybe 10 minutes. At Sanford you will find a double whammy of sorts. Yeah, that’s a culinary technical term. Sanford D’Amato won the James Beard in 1996 after a ridiculous six nominations.
I had the privilege of dining there prior to ’96, and the delay in the honor of “Best” was definitely NOT because he was still getting his game together. D’Amato, for as low-key as he is personally, is the perfect example of still waters running deep. If Child, Pepin and Beard form the trifecta that gave us what is called American 20th century gourmet, then what does it mean when Child picks you and only nine other chefs to cook for her on the occasion of her 80th birthday? It says your contribution to cuisine and your talent far exceeds the intimate restrained eponymous restaurant you and your wife, Angie, have in Milwaukee. To be proper, D’Amato does not cook at Sanford every night anymore, and that’s a good thing in the sense that Justin Aprahamian, the Sanford chef scion, gets a chance to course things out in his fine, French meets regional sensibilities meets totally inspired flavor-layerings manner. Don’t misunderstand. D’Amato regularly cooks right along Aprahamian, or in front, or beside, etc. It is a legendarily small kitchen. It’s just not a predictable schedule. These are the benefits of having your name on the door. Aprahamian, to his credit has not just survived in D’Amato’s shadow. He has been nominated for both the Beard Best Chef Midwest and Rising Star awards. A huge honor. When he lost this past 2011 round to a Minneapolis chef, a television food personality who is a household name, Aprahamian told me a few weeks after the awards, “He (the television personality) should of won. He is tremendously talented.”
If you don’t go to Sanford for any of these reasons, go because it is a connection to our culinary history. I have another chef friend who started washing dishes at Sanford and decided to follow the path to culinary school after Pepin and Child cut into the dining room through the back door off the kitchen. He is now acclaimed on his own and has cooked at the Beard House.
Lastly, but far from least, is Lake Park Bistro and Adam Siegel. Chef Siegel won the Best Chef Midwest in 2008. He had been nominated just once before, and still to my mind, owns the award when he cooks. To tell the story of Siegel’s 2008 award is also to tell the story of the man who to a great extent fostered his chef talents, Paul Bartolotta. Bartolotta, for his part, has won the Beard twice, unprecedented, in two separate regions, (Midwest and West) within the space of 15 years between. To some that might seem like a long stretch between, to me it signals someone who is still on top of his craft a decade and half after being called a master at it the first time. To date the award has never gone to the same chef in two regions, ever, except to Bartolotta. Siegel’s home turf is undoubtedly French (he trained and cooked there in several acclaimed Parisian restaurants). Bartolotta and his monthly visits back to Milwaukee to engage Siegel and the rest of his team brings the kind of finesse and culinary presence that years of training in Italy and France can lend. The first time I met Pepin, it was a chef lunch that Siegel was preparing. The two of them have the easy jocularity of guys that had gone to the same college and have inside stories and jokes. The second time I met Pepin, he was with his daughter at Kohler Food and Wine. Jacques and Claudine finished their cooking segment and hustled over to watch Siegel give his. When Pepin crosses the rainy resort grounds at a Food and Wine event to see you give a demo on classic Francophile cooking, I would say you are doing French pretty well.
This tour should be on the lips of anyone that cares about or, as I said previously, digs food. Not just because all of these chefs are cooking at such a high level and a swell little foundation in New York noticed. No, it should be on everybody’s lips because it is entirely novel that a city of Milwaukee’s size can support, sustain, even demand this caliber of food. That of all the places to make your mark in American cooking, you find the restaurant owners, customers and opportunity to do it here. Milwaukee. A city some of my acquaintances on the coasts can’t even explain the location of in regard to the rest of the Midwest. This tour should be on the lips of everyone who digs food because its very existence is evidence of that lovely Midwestern (minus Chicago) edict. We are not doing “it” to somehow flout the “fly-over states” title. We are doing it for ourselves. If you happen to notice, have a great meal.
One Fashionable Week
Jordan Dechambre on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
What happens when you bring together the world’s top fashion editors, bloggers, photographers, designers, buyers and celebrities at the tents at Lincoln Center and other high-profile (and secret handshake) venues on the isle of Manhattan? Mass hysteria. Add the commemoration of the 9/11 10-year mark, a heightened terror alert and threats of car bombings in the city? Complete disarray. But, in the eye of the storm, beauty often emerges. And it’s a tremendous blessing to be part of an industry that adds art and beauty to everyone’s lives‚ in the best of times, and the worst. With that sentiment in mind, fashion week forged on. And what a week it was.
The celebrities were out in full force, and usually well behaved, like Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes, who canoodled in the front row at Monique Lhuillier alongside Julianne Hough, Rose McGowan and Mandy Moore. Of course, there were troublemakers as well: Lindsay Lohan’s delay of the Cynthia Rowley show with an unfashionably late-late entrance, Thomas Jane’s lack of runway etiquette by taking his front-row seat after the show began at Herve Leger, and Solange Knowles and Nicki Minaj’s oversized hair blocking my runway view at two shows. But, I digress. From traffic nightmares (thanks to police roadblocks) and protestors to the GULI show being moved off-site to an undisclosed location due to threats aimed at the designer, fashion and international affairs collided in a big way. But some fashion actually did make headlines. While some of the hottest 2011 trends are holding strong into 2012 — "70s inspiration, jumpsuits, metallics, color blocking and more — springtime will breathe new life into tired trends and pack some punches of color and print for those begging for something new.
Perhaps famed bridal and eveningwear designer Monique Lhuillier summed up the season best: “Spring 2012 is all about bold, saturated colors with a sporty, athletic edge.” An editor at Harpers Bazaar joked to me, “It takes three to trend,” and here’s a look at some of the season’s best.
1. Bold Prints and Color
Spring 2012 is all about color, from head-to-toe neon to black-and-yellow combos, bright tangerine and electric blue. But color is never as fresh as in the new art deco graphics, geometrics, fantasy florals, extreme polka dots, tropical prints and color blocking found in shows from Lela Rose to Carolina Herrera and Nanette Lepore. These are not ladylike florals and simple patters: think oversized dot embellishments (at Tory Burch), bright graphic florals (at Prabal Gurung) and rib cage X-rays (at Betsey Johnson). The moral? Go big, or go home.
2. Light and Ethereal
On the opposite end of the spectrum, ethereal draped white dresses, loose-fit pants and tanks, and flowing gowns and skirts gave the runways an angelic glow. It’s a modern take on vintage Stevie Nicks. The result is light and airy, with an easy sophistication. Try the look in ankle-grazing cotton, oversized shirt and vintage lace dresses; or light, hip-grazing trousers with an equally relaxed tank.
3. Sporty Chic
Nylon straps, leather embellishments, zipper details, T-shirts with skirts, relaxed-fit skirts and pants, jersey knits, surfer girls, utilitarian — all this and more found its way to the runways for spring. Let’s see: Heidi Klum designed a line of sneakers for New Balance, and the fashion world scrambled like a “Project Runway” challenge to create the perfect accompaniments? Maybe not. But no matter the motivation, athletic chic is in — but far beyond Lulu Lemon yoga pants. Go all out Motocross with leather and asymmetrical zippers, or go skater style with oversized knit tops over graphic-print leggings, as seen at Nicole Miller. If it’s street-smart and sleek, with a sporty vibe, it’s in. You may leave the runway.
Rag & Bone
4. Crops and Cutouts
Even in eveningwear, midriff-baring tops were a mainstay on the runways. Even paired with a ball skirt at Oscar de la Renta, cropped tops are a must-have for spring (hint: hit the gym now!). It was a venerable peep show this season, with deep Vs, shoulder slits, open backs, short shirts, sheer overlays and lace shorts. And just when you thought Herve Leger couldn’t be any sexier, Max Azria upped the heat with extreme cutouts on his bandage dresses. This trend is not for the faint of heart (or thick of skin.)
We saw a resurgence of peplum a few years back, but it fizzled out almost as quickly as it came. For 2012, designers brought their A-games for the ’80s detail, with detachable styles (from Vera Wang), leather jackets and even shorts sporting the popular shape. Of course, it is still best in its simplest form — defining a pencil skirt, flaring perfectly from the natural waist to the hips.
These trends don’t trip your trigger? Heed the words of Barney’s style guru Simon Doonan, and celebrate your inner designer: “Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.” In other words? Dress to feel beautiful in your own skin. Confidence is your best accessory.
What’s In Store: Lace
Jordan Dechambre on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
not your grandmother’s lace. Instead, think classic meets contemporary
with easy versatility. Black crochet detail covers the nude lining of
this vintage-inspired yet modern lace covering, which can easily be
dressed down with a pair of skinny jeans, tank and flats, or made
elegant with a pencil skirt, silk tie-neck blouse and booties. Either
way, you’ll be less gran and more fab.
— Meg Delaney
Audry 3+1 sweater, $46, at Goldi’s, Shorewood.
What’s In Store: The Modern Coat
Jordan Dechambre on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
and chic, this fall coat by BB Dakota is the perfect transitional piece
from the blistering days of summer to the icy days of winter. The
traditional camel coat goes modern with a hood, waist-skimming leather
belt, high-thigh length, shawl neck and black leather piping. Who says
coats are just for cover?
— Meg Delaney
BB Dakota jacket, $130, at Ma Jolie, Bayshore Town Center,
Glendale, and Milwaukee.
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not
Jordan Dechambre on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Award show season is upon us, and with that comes the
inevitable “best and worst” of celebrity style. This year’s Emmy’s
brought a range of styles and colors to the Red Carpet, with some of
Hollywood’s biggest stars shining bright in their designers duds; others
were, well, just duds. That said, here are my picks for the highs and
oh-so-lows of 2011 Emmy fashion.
1. Julie Bowen in Oscar de
When you have that body, you can’t help but show it off. I
love the plunging V and metallic print detail of this Oscar de la Renta
gown, and applaud Bowen for having the courage to go bold or go home.
The gown is 70s reminiscent, with modern-day appeal, and Bowen pulls the
look off perfectly with swept-back hair and simple jewels.
2. Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang
Talk abut dangerous curves
ahead! Can anyone rock a body-hugging mermaid cut like Sofia Vergara?
The “Modern Family” actress knows how to work her body, and this
tangerine Vera Wang confection does all that and more. Who needs to
understand what she’s saying when she looks this good? Muy caliente,
3. Kate Winslet in Elie Saab
Can Kate the Great do no wrong? I
cannot remember the last time she didn’t hit a high note on the Red
Carpet — and this year she worked the perfect mix of class and sex
appeal. Bright, bold color that pops her skin tone? Check. Just enough
cleavage to be sultry yet tasteful? Check. A modern cut that shows off
her amazing curves? Check. She gets an A-plus on my style quiz.
Rachel Wood in Elie Saab
I’m a sucker for Old Hollywood glamour — and
evidently Elie Saab, who produced two of the night’s best looks. This is
how you do black — and not have it called “safe.” A glittering,
cap-sleeved, form-fitting triumph, with a slight train, this gown
illuminated Evan Rachel Wood to shining star status on the Red Carpet.
5. Gwenyth Paltrow in Pucci
I realize this pick is very controversial
(start throwing your eggs now) but Hollywood’s golden girl is known for
being ahead of the game in fashion trends, and this dress is no
exception. The Spring 2012 runways were flowing with cropped tops — even
in eveningwear. Although I don’t think this dress is the best choice
for showing off Gwenyth’s enviable body, the dress itself is a fresh
take on eveningwear — beautiful and daring, and so much better than
playing it safe.
1. Heidi Klum in Christian Siriano
Heidi is auditioning for the role of “dancing coral” in a Broadway
production of “The Little Mermaid,” the stunning supermodel should have
left this dress under the sea. Siriano, “Project Runway” alum and one of
my favorite designers, made a major misstep with this unsophisticated
frock. Oh, Heidi and Christian, you’re out.
2. Melissa McCarthy in her
So, when the hilarious Melissa McCarthy couldn’t find just
the right Emmy dress, she decided to design one on her own. Girl, you
have a fab movie career and are on a hit TV show: Stick to what you
know. This dress, an oversized deep blue monstrosity that did nothing to
accentuate the curves of the star, should be used for its original
purpose — a garbage bag. Next time, call a real designer, who I’m sure
will be happy to create a custom gown that will rock the carpet. You
deserve better than this.
3. Julianna Margulies in Armani Privé
Julianna, how you have disappointed me. Usually a Red Carpet stand-out,
“The Good Wife” actress tried to pull off a daring frock, and failed
miserably. While I applaud her attempt at fashion as art, the pale color
washes out the already porcelain star. On the right person, this dress
may have been a favorite (Heidi should have swapped out the Siriano mess
for Armani Privé), but Julianna just can’t wear this modern cut without
losing her glow.
4. Alan Cumming in Jean Paul Gaultier
looks almost dapper — from the waist up. But his fire-engine red,
floral motif Gaultier pants are a major misstep. Is he known for his
quirkiness? Yes. But there are subtle details that can add your own
flair to a tux, like a bold pocket square. Sometimes less is more.
Kyle Richards in Ines de Santo
I usually only mention true celebrities
in my “Best and Worst” features, but I would have been remiss to not
mention Paris Hilton’s “Real Housewife” aunt, who wore a prom dress from
1996. All the money in the world cannot buy you class, Kyle — or
fashion sense, evidently.
Go Big (or Small) at Home
Lisa Minetti, Peabody’s Interiors on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (3)
Are you a minimalist or a maximalist?
In a recent Elle Décor article, contemporary Italian renaissance man Antonello Radi got me thinking. His fantastic home was full of unique treasures and artifacts. His quote, “I love to be surrounded by beautiful things. I am not a minimalist: I love living, and minimalism is for people that do not know how to live. I am a maximalist.” I love his concept of a maximalist, but to me both words have positive attributes and conjure up beautiful images, though they are opposites, like warm and cool.
Both styles have a passion for beauty: in a minimalist setting the possessions are a cherished few, where the maximalist thrives on beloved collections. My first love-struck encounter with a minimalist interior was in Chelsea, N.Y., where my brother lived in the ’80s. My twin sister and I opened the door to a large open space awash in white, a two-story industrial loft. There was large, original art stacked on a few walls, and the only furniture piece in the main area was a unique mixed-media table of his own design, radiating energy from the center of the space. On this table we drank coffee from a French press and drank champagne. When his artists friend came over, we moved the three white chairs from the galley kitchen or sat on the white stairs, which went to the twin lofts. The lighting was white track and white candles. It was elegant and glamorous, yet not pretentious. Our guest bedroom was below the upper loft where he hung huge linen panels and we slept with wonderful down comforters and three cats. And there was always a vase with gladiolus on the table. There we planned visiting clubs like the Limelight where my brother, Mark, did the set designs for parties.
My sister reminded me of one possession that Mark had: a white china cow creamer. I remember his smile, saying, “Everyone needs a little kitsch once in a while.”
On the other end of the spectrum, a cottage in Star Lake, Wis., designed by the renowned John Schlagenhoff for his personal use with his partner, Curt Stern, is an amazing example of maximalist design. He kept the integrity of an original cottage and designed a fabulous cozy retreat with antique woods and fresh Audubon colors. He changed scale within the space and used the unexpected vibrancy of color. A rustic table is again the gathering spot for entertaining and storytelling, complemented by an over-scale chairs in a freshly fabulous European print. All the architectural details are awesome, but what really went to my heart were the collections. Unusual original art, clay painted dishes and great glassware, like black-etched skull tumblers hand-painted with images of Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf. Their passion for collecting and buying quality and all things stylish is all around the cabin.
Look around your dwelling and see where you fall, could be somewhere in between. If you are a minimalist or a maximalist, find something that you love that will be part of your story.
Kyle Cherek on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (3)
This should not happen.
Not happen in the sense that it is least likely to, or rather, it would be fine if they screwed this one up.
What I am referring to is a burger, a very good one, and at, of all places, The Harbor House.
There is an old saying, “Those who can’t do, teach.” This is rarely true, however, in the chef world. Those that can, do.
In the case of Paul Bartolotta, he has trained a legion of well-known and well-respected chefs — the least of which is a Wisconsin boy and soon-to-be global star chef, Michael White.
Bartolotta’s got his own mastery of the Italian seafood, dual James Beards in two regions, a premier Las Vegas restaurant and from here I’ll just add, etc. With Bartolotta’s extraordinary dexterity with seafood, he and brother, Joe, and Beard-wining executive chef Adam Siegel, it should be no real reach to turn out a swell seafood spot. But here’s my point. What’s with the burger?
I am a strong believer that what one can have at the bar of an establishment tells you volumes about its strengths and weaknesses. What you can have at the bar at The Harbor House is unaccountably good for the price, but moreover, as I said to a friend the night after I first had the burger as a follow-up to some oysters and beer, “If they were going to phone in anything on the menu, it would be OK if this was it.” After all, it is a seafood place.
Others have waxed more then poetic about burgers before. Lots of others. My friend, Josh Ozersky, wrote a book about burgers and their history. It’s a fine read and, if that is your sort of thing, sincerely, I recommend it. This is not the place for that.
What The Harbor House serves up via its burger is almost too simple. A light Brioche bun from Breadsmith, a grilled 80/20 USDA quarter-pound certified Angus beef chuck patty. Crisp fresh lettuce, tomato and grilled onions if you want them. My cheeseburger came spread with Merkts Cheddar, a nice riff on the usual “slice.” On occasion the Harbor House kitchen has patties from Neesvig’s and if they do, skip the fish for sure, as it is a name mentioned among burger geeks the way the name Tiffany elicits squeals at wedding and baby showers alike. When I asked Siegel about the burger he said, “Our approach is simple, well-executed with what we consider great raw materials.” Since the Milwaukee landmark out of the window over my left shoulder cost millions more than it was proposed, I ordered a modestly priced second Schlitz to pair with the burger. I wanted the Châteauneuf du Pape, a wine that’s great with a good burger. In light of the view, I thought the Schlitz was the sensible choice. They work well together to say the least.
I know, I know. Dissenters may fill this magazine’s e-mail inbox with missed and merited burger gems, screams of my suburban blind spots, and poorly researched story, as if instead of talking burgers I am a junior senator on the floor reading from his list of favorite Americans in history, and some how omitting Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony all in one inept swipe. Guilty for sure. And here are just a few more that might be under the radar.
Rupena’s at the Milwaukee Public Market.
This is the best burger in the city for less than $5, in my opinion. They do a quarter-pound 100 percent chuck blend that comes out surprisingly lean and put it in between a butter bun from their Breadsmith neighbors across the aisle. The classic lettuce and tomato duo accompanies. Grab one and take it around the corner to the Thief Wine counter and pair it with glass of either Steak House Cabernet from Colombia Valley in Washington, or if you want to go Francais, the Château Lascaux which is a Syrah, Grenache and Mourved blend. Both available by glass.
Iron Horse Hotel
The burger that newly installed chef Jason Gorman is putting out is quite simply extraordinary. It is a 10-ounce burger patty made from a specially ground mixture of chuck, brisket and sirloin. Gorman tops it with psycho-good, award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, a small batch of smoked onions, ketchup made from red wine, lettuce, tomato and puts it between a Miller egg roll. Oh, and there are Iron Horse homemade pickles to boot. This $14 burger should be $25. It’s like your own personal burger Groupon.
Chef Dominic Zumpano’s Mangia burger is made from Hidden Creek Farms beef, good to be sure, but here is where it leaves other mere “bacon added” burgers in the dust. Instead, Graffito’s burger is topped with speck, that extraordinary air-dried pork delicacy often seasoned with laurel or juniper, it then flavorfully smoked after that. Put it this way, if Prosciutto is the Cadillac of cured pork, then speck would be a hand-built Mercedes/AMG. Because it would be wild to stop there, Zumpano also tops the burger with lardo (cured strips of seasoned pork backfat, the best of which is cured in Carrara marble vats) and a local four-year aged cheddar. Graffito garnishes with a housemade tomato jam, romaine lettuce and fresh cut fries. The bun is also house-made in a riff off of a classic Brioche recipe.
This is a French place in New Berlin that does a great Angus burger. And why wouldn’t you open a French place in a suburb named after the German capital? A little spiky perhaps, like, well, the French. Chef Andy Tenaglia, formerly the executive chef at Miller Park (you may have heard of it) has struck out and done well after handling “everything from tailgating to fine dining” at the ballpark. In that he comes from this arena, it is no surprise he can pull off a killer burger. In my mind it is a true ingredient trifecta. First, his burger is a grand patty of 25/75 chuck/sirloin blend made of American Wagyu from Snake River Farms in California. Next he uses a 10-year cheddar from Vern’s in Chilton. I am no expert cheese monger, but I know some experts and the three I called all agreed that Vern’s 10-year is one of most undervalued aged Wisconsin cheeses presently available. Lastly, Tenaglia puts all this and lettuce and tomato between a housemade bun called a Pain auí late. Translated as “milk roll,” it is made from a rich dough flavored with a Wuthrich Swiss style butter from Grasslands Dairy. Imagine a gourmet, slightly sweet, Wonder Bread-type bun. If you live downtown or on the North Shore it is worth the drive.
Jordan Dechambre on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
The ever-popular and posh Gallery Night & Day winds its way through the Third Ward and beyond Friday, July 29. And this month fashionistas are in a flutter about a collective of local designers showing their chic wares at uber-designer Shanel Regier’s studio, 1014 S. 5th St., in Walker’s Point.
From 5 to 10 p.m., chat with the designers, browse collections and shop the sleek creations of Judi Rath (knit separates, lingerie, loungewear and accessories); MINK by Amanda Ergen (jersey dresses, and leather and feather clutches); Lulu’s Petals (jewelry pieces created with repurposed vintage costume jewelry by designer Staci Schemm); Ann Sarenac (original necklaces of natural stones and beads); Bill (fashion-forward frocks); Milk Bar (dresses, separates and accessories); Roeboat (fashions for babies and toddlers); and, of course, Regier herself (cocktail and special occasion attire, and jersey dresses and separates). Look for many of these talented designers, including Regier, Ergen and Schemm, in the fashion section of M’s August issue. And a word to the fashion-wise: Although a few designers will be taking credit card payments, plan on paying with cash or check.
Shanel Regier purple ruffle-neck dress and Staci Schemm vintage necklace and bow earrings.
Photo by Dan Bishop.
Dress You Up
Jordan Dechambre on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Is there anything better than a casual dress on a hot summer day? Chic and simple dresses abound in local boutiques this summer, and it’s no surprise: Who wouldn’t rather spend her time sipping cocktails al fresco than coordinating a top and shorts? Reach for a long necklace, stack up the bangles and strap on some killer sandals for seasonal perfection.
Tolani dress, $120, and Lonnie Lovness necklace, $50, Salamander, Wauwatosa.
Kyle Cherek on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
a recent tasting at Waterford Wine, over three short of a dozen bottles
of the “unknown French,” our guide for the night, after leaning a
Languedoc against a Rhone, put this to the drinkers in the room: “The
question is, how do you want your decadence at the end?” The work of
hard fought for Northern Rhone vines still on my tongue as I walked down
Brady Street got me thinking of the way I want my decadence at end.
lot has been made of cart food in the last six to eight years. A
lot. Bourdain and Zimmern are mostly to blame here. Arguably, there is
lovely freedom in not even having to say, “we’d like a table please.” A
bene placito. On the whole this is, I think, a good thing. The roach
coach exultant. The cart food folks have long been unsung
heroes. Headcheese to hamburgers. Hot dog stands to unregulated
hibachis. The spotlights and imagination have trained on this end of the
spectrum for a while. If it’s got wheels and a heat source, let’s hit
My affections (and later evening-ending decadence) were
peaked, as is oft a young man’s heart in late spring, and I have stayed
true since first kiss to the white truck labeled Loncheria/La Mexicana
often parked on the corner of 1st and Walker streets weekend nights from
approximately 10 p.m. until bar time. I know, you can all but hear the
wind up and the pitch. Here’s the part where I wax poetic about the
amazing flavors and fresh ingredients of a humble street food trailer
parked across from a Hispanic Night Club. Me, Gringo on a Vespa not
less, (I think they rank No. 43 on the list of things white people like,
from the book of the same name) standing in line with “them,” Hispanic
guys with their dates. Guys all duded up in big white cowboy hats and
ladies in short skirts. It’s gotta be good. I mean the food. But first
let me say this, chefs and cooks everywhere will tell you that making
any dish — simple or complex, many, many times, quickly but engagingly,
delivering it spot-on, fresh, balanced and a repeated delight, without
turning it into a homogenized soulless piece of calories — is not as
easy as it seems.
The Mexican fare at the Loncheria Truck is
quite simply solid, authentic and fresh. To boot, the tacos are $1.50
and burritos, $4. Even culinary wallflowers begin to step forward and
try things just for breaking a $5. I suggest the Assada and the Pork.
Even if you have that errant gene that turns cilantro into soap in your
mouth, get it anyway; there is something magical at work in between the
double corn tortillas. Mexican street food is presently all the rage.
In Chicago at Big Star they are lining up for a James Beard chefs who is
taking on this trend. Same cheap prices made often by folks for whom
English may be a second language, and then delivered to you through the
window. As it says in the book of Job, there is nothing new under the
sun, yet the professional cooler-outers are loving it.
and The Loncheria/La Mexicana staff are not culinary auteurs, not
innovators, not gastronomic historians or cultural importers. Just
self-possessed practitioners of great food. He’s cooking the food he
loves, and to follow the cliché to its end, it shows. The real test was
when I asked him about the absence of tamales on his menu board. “I
don’t like tamales,” he shrugged. The perfect answer, I thought, from a
guy and his restaurant on wheels that can travel where the road takes
him. At 1:45 a.m., I stepped out of the line so the next guy could order
BY KYLE CHEREK
What’s Hot Now: Defining Midcentury Design
Tara Wilke,McNabb & Risley Fine Furniture & Interior Design on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
One of the strongest trends of the last decade has been the re-emergence of classic design from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. Now categorized as midcentury design, I’m spotting this trend everywhere. It is influencing home furnishings, fashion and art; now there’s even a 1950s Kate Spade i-Phone cover.
Hallmarks of the trend are clean, sleek lines with an emphasis on form and function. Color palettes range from various shades of neutral to the vibrant colors popular in the mid ’60s. I love to “pop” midcentury color schemes with bright, vintage colors used as accents in art and accessories. My favorite shades right now are tangerine, hot pink, turquoise and citrus yellow.
So, why is this trend so attractive? It is easily achieved at all price levels. The look is minimalist, and doesn’t require costly antiques, area rugs or art to make an amazing statement. Midcentury design is appreciated by people of all ages. Whether you are a young couple starting out or the most discriminating collector, there are aspects of this design trend you can easily integrate with your home’s existing décor.
If you love the trend as much as I do, don’t be afraid to invest in quality. Since you are using less furniture, it’s important your key pieces make a strong visual statement. An exquisite example of midcentury design would be the XS cocktail table designed by the Keno brothers. Who knew the twin brothers of “Antiques Roadshow” fame would be so passionate about midcentury design?
The XS cocktail table is design perfection. The book-matched olive ash burl top is reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach series, making the tabletop a piece of art in itself. The hand cast X brass base is classic early ’60s design. A piece like this would be a fabulous focal point in any style interior.
The beauty of midcentury design is it spans nearly three decades, so there is a wealth of design inspiration to choose from. Because of the clean, simple lines, it’s easy to mix with other style categories. The trend is stronger than ever; many industry experts believe the timeless appeal of the era is destined to be the antiques of our generation.
We invite you to visit McNabb & Risley to view the Keno Collection. To inspire you further, here are some great photos of midcentury designs. Remember, above all else, enjoy the design process!
BY TARA WILKE
McNabb & Risley
Fine Furniture and Interior Design
Go Graphic on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Looking for a not-so-basic T-shirt? Hip men everywhere are trading in safe solids for graphic prints in subdued and vivid colors alike. Express your artistic side with bold prints; or use your words with graphic letters and phrases. For an expansive selection, stop by Hot Pop in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, and wear your individuality for $20 to $30.
Make a Statement
Make a Statement on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
It’s said the clothes make the woman — but, in fashion, the details make the look. A statement piece, such as a complex necklace (shown here), cuff or earrings, can set off even the simplest of outfits with bold style. The rule of thumb? Pick just one area to highlight (whether it’s the collar bone, face or arm) and keep any additional details to a minimum.
Necklace ($80) available at The Last Detail, Mequon.
Summer Chic on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Who says chic can’t be comfortable? This summer, light and airy dresses in mini and maxi lengths alike are making it easy to achieve laid-back warm-weather style. Paired these fresh frocks with beaded jewelry and wedges to complete the look.
Jennifer Reale Design dress, $188, and necklace, $88, at Boutique B‘lou, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Milwaukee and Delafield.
Pop Goes the Color
Jordan Dechambre on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
for a stylish and sexy shoe for Milwaukee’s summer festivals? Try
platform wedges, which are perfectly paired with the season’s hot
’70s-inspired looks, from white jeans and jumpsuits to maxi dresses,
minis and more. For a fashion-savvy hue, try a candy color, like
yellow, pink or green.
Yellow Juicy Couture wood wedges, $195, at Picardy Shoe Parlor, Brookfield and Mequon.
On the Haute Horizon
Milwaukee’s shopping choices are expanding, with the addition of The North Face and Dry Goods. The North Face is the latest retailer to commit to opening a new store at Brookfield Square, and is a popular supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear. Brookfield Square’s location will be The North Face’s third Wisconsin store — and the only store in the Milwaukee market. Look for a late fall opening (just in time to beat the winter chill) between Bravo! and The Limited.Von Maur Inc. plans to open a fourth Dry Goods specialty store, which will open this fall at Mayfair Mall. The name and design of the store were inspired by Von Maur’s heritage as a dry goods store, dating back to 1872 in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The decor of the 4,700-square-foot space will have a vintage, turn-of-the-century aesthetic, but the store will feature a constant flow of fashion-forward clothing and accessories for young women (think H&M and Forever 21).
– Jordan Dechambre and Hannah Schlei
Show Your Stripes
Jordan Dechambre on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Zanerobe boardshorts, $72, at White Star, Milwaukee
Stripes in all shapes, shades and sizes were prominent on the Spring 2011 runways, and retailers are taking this easy-to-wear trend to the streets. While some seasonal choices like florals and lace are just for the girls, stripes are the ultimate unisex selection. Try bright colors and stripes of different widths for the freshest look.
Return of the Fedora
Jordan Dechambre on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Grace Hats fedoras, $45, at Faye’s, Brookfield and Mequon
Fedoras are making a big comeback this summer, with a plethora of styles
and colors to choose from. These chic hats will up the style quotient
of your summer wardrobe — and are perfect for the beach or an alfresco
lunch with friends. The bonus? Looking hot while keeping cool, and
protecting your face and hair from the sun.
— Hannah Schlei
Lisa Anne Manetti, Peabody's Interiors on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
Magenta is a color popping up in interiors everywhere, from urban classic to Bohemian revival. Originally found in the renaissance in Italy, the name itself is magical.
A mysterious mix of purple and fuchsia, somehow both fresh and exotic, it can be funky in a Third Ward Condo or lovely in a 1920s bungalow. If you want to see a great way to use magenta, visit this year’s Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. Peabody’s very own Greg Holm led the design of the sitting room, which has collected a casually elegant vibe. The color scheme is greige neutral highlighted by fresh accent colors of hot magenta and citrusy tangerine.
Adding this color within neutral interiors is a great way for you to try this hue. Start by adding some bright pillows, or a magenta glass vase and, of course, fresh flowers. Like cranberry juice, it is a great mixer.
Found in classic Persian rugs, magenta blends well with navy and gold. You can pair it with olive greens and camel for an unexpected organic traditional twist. It power pops all neutrals, from charcoal to chocolate, and is a favorite friend of orange and blues, from Tiffany to cobalt.
I recently selected Benjamin Moore’s Magenta paint for a transitional open-concept dining room. It was an easy way to add a lot of drama. You can also try Sherwin Williams Dynamo. A client painted her kitchen magenta; her husband confessed it makes the kitchen fun. Get ready, it will rock your world. You can do an accent wallpaper wall behind a bed or inside of a bookcase or built in shelving. You can even space the wallpaper for an amazing effect — Osborne and Little and Cole and Son are some of my favorites. Magenta-patterned fabrics on an ottoman or on an antique carved chair can be fun yet classic. Often you need just a few yards of fabric, and the results can be intoxicating, completely revitalizing your space.
Magenta, a tad more exotic than purple, and a little more sophisticated than pink. If you’ve become intrigued but are still unsure, buy yourself something magenta this month — a blooming orchid, an Italian Raspberry soda or a Sharpie pen. Or, if you’re like me, revel in it!
Lisa Manetti is an interior designer with Peabody’s Interiors, 8655 N. Deerwood Drive, Brown Deer. (414) 962-4550. www.peabodysinteriors.com
The Fashion Department
Jordan Dechambre on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
department stores are shaking things up in Milwaukee. At Southridge
Mall, Macy’s has signed on as a new anchor. The mall is undergoing a
face-lift as well, with renovations to include new flooring and
lighting, redesigned mall entrances, new signage and a fully renovated
Food Court. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the first
quarter of 2012.
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. — i.e., Boston Store — have partnered with talented menswear designer John Bartlett for a collection that will feature men’s sportswear, furnishings and suiting. Look for the designer’s chic and affordable wares to hit Boston Store shelves in August.
BB Dakota, $78, and KGB bag, $72,
Next Door, Brookfield
This summer’s fashion buzz words? “Bright” and “vibrant.” To that end, this season tribal prints are taking over local boutiques. Go global glam with this multiprint dress (and of-the-moment cross-body bag), which is perfect for warmer temps but can be worn with a cute cropped cardigan to ward off the night chill.
— Hannah Schlei
Etsy Goes Local
Jordan Dechambre on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
2011 is the year of acting locally. Think about it: Has there ever been a time in our history when the word “local” has been more of an intricate part of our society? Eat local, shop local, buy local. I recently discovered the “Shop Local” option on independent shop/designer website etsy.com. The site, known for its fab hand-crafted items, vintage finds and quirky home décor, gives shoppers the option of choosing to shop only from etsy stores within their communities. One quick Milwaukee search turned up lovely pillow covers and fabric coasters from Anna’s Fabulous Things (handmade by my friend Anna Kasper), and fun and funky clothing and accessory creations by Fiberous (otherwise known as the über-talented Shannon Lee Molter). More pages turned up the most adorable reversible baby shoes I’ve ever seen (I want them, and I don’t even have a baby) by Weepereas, unique art prints, custom wine labels and more. All made in Milwaukee, all perfect gifts. Go to etsy.com and click on “Shop Local” to think globally, act locally.
One-of-a-kind decorative pillow cover, $62, by Anna’s Fabulous Things, Milwaukee. Enter the code "MMagazine40" at checkout for 40 percent off the entire shop.
Santolina ginkgo leaf screen-printed cotton blouse, $35, by Fiberous, Milwaukee.